Hanifee, TA Top HHS, 6-4
Blue Streaks Rival, 3-0
Hanifee’s two-run, walk-off home run with one out in the bottom of the ninth inning lifted Turner Ashby High School to a 6-4 win over Harrisonburg in Valley District baseball action Tuesday.
The hit came off newly inserted Streaks pitcher Ryan Kiser (who took the mound after playing the first eight innings at first base), and scored the first runs by TA since the second inning, after Sam Imeson went the first eight innings for HHS.
“I had a pretty good feeling off the bat it was gone,” Hanifee, a junior, said of his homer, which cleared the right-field fence by about 15 feet.
“I give a lot of credit to their pitcher [Imeson]. He did a good job keeping us off balance all night, and his secondary pitches were pretty good.”
Kiser’s two-out, three-run double got the Streaks started in the top of the first, but TA came right back with three runs in the bottom half of the inning. After the Knights loaded the bases with no outs, Ryan Hedrick plated a run with a walk, Jordan Showalter had a sacrifice fly, and Trajan Brown was beamed to score another run.
Both teams scored a run in the second inning. Kyle Templeton’s RBI single gave Harrisonburg a 4-3 lead, and TA tied it on Luke Shiflett’s home run to left.
Eric Yankey went six innings for TA, and Showalter threw three shutout innings for the win.
“Eric didn’t really settle down for us until about the fourth inning, when he started to look like himself,” TA coach Sean Hanifee said. “Our kids kept battling. They [the Blue Streaks] essentially did the same thing we did for nine innings, with the exception of the walk-off home run. A couple of errors early, but it was a great, clean game.”
Harrisonburg 310 000 000 – 4 6 1
Turner Ashby 310 000 002 – 6 6 1
Imeson, Kiser (9) and Baughman; Yankey, Showalter (6) and Hedrick. W-Showalter. L-Kiser. HR-Shiflett, E. Hanifee.